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Hope Never Changed Anything

This article first appeared on Dec 6, 2009

There is a reason that cliches are cliches! There are based on the elements of truth that underpin them. One that I have heard (and used) for a number of years is “For things to change, you have to change; If you want more, be more!” For all the ballyhoo surrounding “Hope For Change” that served as the rallying cry for the Obama campaign during the most recent election, it is (at its core) simply fraudlent!
“Hope For Change” is a third party pursuit. By definition, the ones wanting changing are hoping for someone or something to bring it about. An active pursuit would be “Working For Change” or “Making A Change”. It would be representative of those desiring it taking the initiative and action to enact it.

As astute as this President (and his campaign) was to tap into that rich vein of unrest and desire leading up to his nomination and election, it has (and will be) the eventual downfall of his Presidency. Those who voted “Hoping For Change” are now waiting for it. It is what they were promised and the administration is struggling to deliver it. The President was elected based on his connection to what his voters wanted, but they are now expecting him to deliver it!

It is the true fallacy of liberalism. It enables dependence by promising security and comfort. It promises that these benefits will be given, not earned. Those who surrender their freedom and opportunity at the altar of security and equalization give up their own control to get that which they truly seek.

This administration will ultimately be doomed because they promised that which they cannot deliver. Promises to a fickle segment of the population unwilling to take the action to get it for themselves. You truly do not need hope to change anything; you simply need to decide to do it and exert the force of will to follow through.
So here is a much better motto that would better suit who we, as Americans, are and how we, as Americans, see ourselves: “Making Change That Works”. It is active. It is involved. It highlights a focus on tossing those things that do not serve us and investing our time and effort on those things that do.